Firefighter burn injuries: a 10-year longitudinal study

J Burn Care Rehabil. Sep-Oct 2004;25(5):430-4. doi: 10.1097/01.bcr.0000138290.49063.95.

Abstract

Our metropolitan area employs approximately 11,000 firefighters who respond to more than 435,000 fire-related incidents per year. It is inevitable that some of these firefighters will suffer burn injuries. This 10-year retrospective review describes the epidemiology of firefighters with burn injuries who were treated at our burn center. From 1992 to 2002, 987 firefighters were treated at our burn center. The total number of firefighters treated for burn injuries and the number of firefighters who were treated for burn injuries to the lower extremities occurred in a bimodal distribution. Injury prevention efforts will continue to further reduce the incidence of burn injuries in the firefighters of our community.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Burn Units / statistics & numerical data*
  • Burns / epidemiology*
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Female
  • Fires / prevention & control
  • Fires / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Leg Injuries / epidemiology
  • Leg Injuries / therapy
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / therapy*
  • Skin Transplantation / statistics & numerical data